Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DUFFlife

This outfit is very ME! It's LOUD, it's BOLD and it's BRIGHT hence the title of my post #DUFFlife! The DUFF is a subversive new teen comedy in cinemas 2 April that has been given the Tavi Gevinson seal of approval. #DUFFlife is all about individuality and embracing your inner DUFF (which means your truest self). For me this is it - a bold, bright and fabulous dress, fluff ball earrings and even fluffier accessories, statement shoes and my go-to favourite sunnies!

Outfit details
Dress Marimekko Unikko Flower Print 50th Anniversary Edition
Fluffy bag Chloe
Shoes Gorman
Necklace Minpin Design
Pom pom bracelet Poms Jewellery
Pom pom earrings Etsy
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato

I adore Marimekko and am so happy that they finally have stores in Australia! I've had a special plate for my home with the Unikko flower print for over 10 years now and still love it as much as the day I bought it. The Unikko flower print is Marimekko's most famous design and in 2014 the print celebrated it's 50th Anniversary. As part of the celebrations they released a clothing collection featuring the now iconic print and this jumper dress is one of the stand out pieces from that collection. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to buy it. Not only was it such a good cut for my figure but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to wear my favourite flower print.

So happy being me #DUFFlife

I see you babe! You too can express your inner #DUFF by hashtagging #DUFFlife on social media. Show us what makes you unique and you can win some great prizes. Make sure to follow me on Instagram to find out how to win.

Pom pom earrings are everything to me!

Now I even have a pom pom bracelet!

I love this cute little necklace I picked up at a craft market. Mixing local hand made pieces with designer and vintage is so me #DUFFlife!

Vintage Chloe fur ball bag - fluffy furry accessories are my thing you guys!

Gorman make the best shoes!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

So Frenchy So Chic

As most of you would know I recently moved house and nothing makes me feel more at home than a bunch of fresh flowers. This bunch of Australian natives caught my eye at my local florist as I love the colours and textures of the Banksia and Warratah flowers against the greens of the native leaves and grasses. Not only do Banksias and Waratahs look stunning they also last a really long time as as they dry out they retain their colour and shape. I actually had my last bunch for over six months so it's a good investment too, especially at only $10 a bunch in my new neighbourhood compared to the $18 of my old area.

I've been a big fan of Breton stripes forever, I mean who doesn't love this classic wardrobe staple? For a long time plus size women have been told that horizontal stripes are a big no-no which I believe is just not true! Wear whatever you want and feel confident and happy in. Personally I think horizontal stripes emphasise my curves in all the right places and as soon as I saw this Gorman dress I knew it would look amazing on me, and it does (well at least I think so). Paired back with simple black accessories this look is a more casual everyday look for me, just a simple day of running errands, picking up groceries at the local market and meeting a friend for brunch.

Outfit details
Breton stripes dress Gorman
Sunglasses Le Specs from Universal Store
Pom pom earrings Etsy
Pom pom bangle Poms Jewellery
Black sandals I Love Billy

This classic look called for more simple and understated sunglasses than you're used to from me. I'm not always about the loud and crazy but everything I wear does have to have a certain 'design edge' to it. What I love about these Le Specs sunnies from Universal Store is their clear pinky bronze toned frame and gold arms which I felt perfectly matched my gold Poms bangle. I'm really loving all things gold right now so finding these sunglasses was a dream.

Sunglasses Le Specs from Universal Store

Going with the French chic vibes of this outfit I also picked up some Macarons from By Josephine, my new local French Patisserie. Their macarons won best macarons of Melbourne in 2010 and I can definitely see why, well taste why - so delicious! Yes I'm already loving living North side, so many new wonderful places to visit and try.

From left to right | Breton stripes dress Gorman | Sunglasses Le Specs from Universal Store | Macarons By Josephine | Pom pom bangle Poms Jewellery | Lipstick  Ulta3 in Prom Night

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gorman A15 Moth and Moon

I was lucky enough to be invited to my all time favourite designer Gorman's A15 runway show for their Moth & Moon collection. The label was also celebrating 16 years, a huge achievement in the volatile world of fashion. Luckily Gorman are going from strength to strength with each new collection, always outdoing themselves design wise. To say I was excited to get the invitation to this in the mail is an understatement as I'm pretty sure you're all aware of just how much I do love this label. Well they certainly did not disappoint, every little detail of the night was amazing which you'll see in a moment but of course the clothes themselves were the absolute highlight as you can see above, photo by Lucas Dawson Photography.

The stunning location for the evening was the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens which made the perfect backdrop for Gorman's trademark colourful collection.

Each invited guest received an exclusive fern print cushion, specially made for the event and embroidered on the reverse side with 'Gorman, Fitzroy Gardens a'15' as well as a delicious smelling candle and the beautifully shot Autumn look book which was photographed in Japan.

I told you every detail was perfect.

I couldn't resist taking some outfit photos pre-show in the space. I've actually shot an outfit here before but every time you visit the conservatory there are new flowers, arrangements and colours to discover.

I decided to not wear a full head to toe Gorman outfit as I guessed that's what most people would be doing (and I was right) so I went with my new Karen Walker bloom sweater dress. I was just wondering through Myer when I spotted it and I knew it had to be mine, that pale blue and white print is just to die for. Of course I still wanted to have some Gorman in my outfit so I wore my favourite Gorman wood block platform heels that I bought when they were first released but are heavily discounted now so get on that guys as they're the best shoes to wear and look so cute, honestly! The rest of my look comprised of my fave Lady Petrova floral crown, my Ne-Net polar bear/bunny rabbit bag and my trusty Tsumori Chisato sunglasses. Oh and my DIY white pom pom earrings I made using bits and pieces I bought at a Japanese jewellery supplies shop.

Outfit details
Dress Karen Walker
Flower crown Lady Petrova
White pom pom earrings DIY
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato
Fluffy bag Ne-net
Navy heels Gorman



Flower crown Lady Petrova
White pom pom earrings DIY
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato


Fluffy bag Ne-net
Gold bangle Estelle Dévé


Navy heels Gorman

Where I was seated was really difficult for getting any front facing photos of the models because of shadows so all further runway photos are by Lucas Dawson Photography.

This gold jumpsuit was a real crowd pleaser but is unfortunately a runway only piece and not going into production. Talking to Lisa Gorman after the show she said everyone had mentioned it to her and of course everyone wants the runway only piece but her and Emily Ward the runway stylist had created the piece that day using other pieces and fabric from the collection earlier that day. Hopefully it does get made, if not for this season perhaps the next because I can totally see my bff Lauren rocking this.

Gorman's knits are the best and this is no exception.

Hello pink coat you were made for me.

I'm going to try both these pieces on as soon as they land in store. The gold foil pleated skirt is just a stand out piece I think I need in my wardrobe.

This seasons fern print as seen on the cushions earlier.

Gorman are known for their prints and I must say this is one of their best ever designs. Another item for the growing wish list.

The title Moth & Moon print is another standout print by Gorman. Those over the knee socks better be going into production because I need them!

I saw this baby pink cropped leather jacket in store the other day and didn't have time to try it on but you can be sure that I will be trying it on as soon as possible and hopefully purchasing it too - it's so perfect for me. I just love this whole look.

Yep guess what, I love this too. That puffa jacket and bag please be mine.

That circle bag - oh my! The dress - be still my beating heart.

What a fabulous collection. You can see the full album of runway photos on the Gorman facebook page. Thank you to Gorman and the team for having me, it was a wonderful night full of beautiful clothes and scenery, one that I will never forget.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bananarama

I actually shot this outfit late last year but lost the photos until today when I found my long lost sd card. I've worn this outfit a lot this summer and every time I do I end up getting lots of people stopping me to tell me they love it. I can see why, it's just so bold, bright and cheerful. I'm never one to play it safe so mixing these two prints and colours together comes naturally to me. My fashion motto is to wear whatever pleases me and this outfit pleases me greatly, I mean how could it not? It's just so fun to wear.

Outfit details
Banana top House of Cards
Splash skirt Gorman
Banana earrings WeGo Tokyo
Pink basket bag H&M
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato
Yellow sandals Saltwater Sandals

Banana's and banana's - oh my!

Banana top House of Cards
Banana earrings WeGo Tokyo
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato

My cute fruity nail art was done by the lovely ladies at Magic Nails in Box Hill using shellac colours. I loved having this manicure, looking back at these photos makes me want it all over again.

Fruit nail art Magic Nails Box Hill
Flower bangle House of Cards
Pink basket bag H&M
Rings | Red acrylic ring MOMA NYC | Pink gift bow ring Tokyo's Tokyo at Omohara Tokyu Plaza | Pink resin crown ring Keep Resin

See? It's just so kawaii! #fruitsaladnails

Fruit nail art Magic Nails Box Hill

This bag brings me so much joy.

Flower bangle House of Cards
Pink basket bag H&M

BFF hangs with my equally colourful gal pal Lauren. Don't we look cute together?


Yellow sandals Saltwater Sandals

As some of you may know I just moved house. As such I need to downsize my wardrobe so I'm having a HUGE clear out at this Sunday's A Plus Market at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre from 10am - 3pm. I'll be selling pieces from lot's of plus size brands - ASOS, City Chic, 17 Sundays as well as a few larger pieces from H&M, Monki, Gorman, Obus and Sportsgirl. Of course there will also be vintage pieces I no longer wear and lot's of shoes, bags and accessories. Will be a good day with lot's of other stalls all selling plus sized clothing, hopefully see you there xoxo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pink Lake

Hello and welcome to my first post of 2015. I had planned on doing a round up of what 2014 meant to me but in all honesty I've needed this short break from the blog to clear my head after a pretty eventful and intense year. But now I'm back and pinker than ever thanks to the Westgate Park natural salt water lake that turns bright pink in summer. As pretty as it looks I don't recommend bringing a picnic to eat around it as we had planned because it smells like egg farts which isn't exactly appetising. Speaking of eggs how amazing is my pink bubble dress by Brisbane designer Soot with it's prehistoric egg like shapes dotted around? I bought it when I visited the designer Edwina Sinclair in her studio in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley when I was in town for the opening night of Future Beauty at GOMA and have been waiting for the perfect location to pop up to shoot it in. The pink lake was kinda the perfect place to shoot this very unusual piece don't you think? So amazing to have come across this little known part of Melbourne.

Outfit details
Pink bubble dress Soot
Sunglasses Tsumori Chisato
Pink pom pom earrings Poms
Iridescent bag Maude Studio
Pink heart musk bangle Save Yourself Shop
Pink platforms Windsor Smith

These pink coke cans were just made for me. I just wish Coke Zero had these cute colours available too cos I don't actually drink full fat coke. I had a sip and it just tasted like icing sugar! FYI Coke didn't send me this or pay me or anything it's just a cute can and obviously their marketing team are great because here I am advertising coke for free just cos of a pink can #smartmarketers!

OMG this bag you guys, how amazing is it? Made by local Melbourne label Maude Studio I just love how much is sparkles. It reminds me of an old Barbie doll dress of mine from when I was a kid. The love heart shaped musk stick bangle is hand made in Melbourne by a man in his 80's called Alan. I love that it looks like one of my favourite childhood lollies - musk sticks. It's part of a set of three bangles stocked at Save Yourself Shop.

Iridescent bag Maude Studio
Pink heart musk bangle Save Yourself Shop

I've recently discovered SNS manicures - these are my natural nails dipped in an organic acrylic powder that sets hard and lasts even longer than my usual shellac.

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I bought these super kawaii platforms at the South Wharf Windsor Smith outlet for $30, can't go wrong with that!

Pink platforms Windsor Smith